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From left, Jerry Smith and Darren Beccue the chefs behind the Schuetzenfest chili, receive their award from Garden Club member Nancy Byars at the Altamont Garden Club's Fall Festival.

Altamont Police Chief Alan Heiens haggles for votes during the chili cook-off at the Fall Festival.

Fifth grade students at the Altamont Grade School spent some time outside last week weeding the grounds and cleaning benches.

Parents accompanied children to St. Elmo Elementary for the school's annual parent breakfast. Clockwise from front left, Natalie Seibert, 11, Payton May, 11, Sandy May, Janice Russell, and Kyra Russell enjoy the meal.

Katie Shelton and daughter Gabbie gather their plates for the St. Elmo Elementary parent breakfast.


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City reverses Triangle parking decision Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 03 October 2016 13:07

The Altamont City Council met on Monday, Sept. 26 for their regular meeting.

The council discussed the parking restrictions adjacent to the Triangle before voting to rescind by a vote of 3-2. Commissioners Todd Slingerland, Jason Williams, and Rich Frailey voted in support. Commissioner Nathan Scholes and Mayor Jason Rippetoe voted against the motion.

The council voted to approve a side lot setback at 9 Do-It Drive, the future site of Deb’s Catering. An ordinance passed by the zoning board disapproving a parking lot reduction was also approved, with Commissioner Slingerland dissenting.

An extension request for Bean Development was not granted and a Peoples Bank and Trust banking services proposal was approved. An updated lease agreement with HofNet Communications for tower lease was approved.

Myers addresses goals for the rest of mayoral term Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 03 October 2016 13:04

Though most of us are focused on the November presidential election and bracing for the impending cold weather of winter, the truth is that spring will be here before we know it. Spring brings about new birth and life, except in the St. Elmo mayor’s office, where Mayor Ernie Myers will see his term in office end. But before it does, he says he wants to make the most of it.

“Four years really isn’t very much time when you’ve got things to do,” he quipped.

Myers lined out the agenda for the rest of his term in a recent interview.

With the establishment of Dollar General on the edge of town along Rt. 40, and Dieterich Bank to be added to the area soon, Myers said that establishing a safe, paved route for residents to walk to these businesses is important.

“It’s a safety issue. The city needs to try to accommodate Dollar General and the bank with a way to get there,” he said, adding that he has seen too many walkers and people pushing baby strollers along the highway to get to the Dollar General.

Read more in the St. Elmo Banner.

Kesslers honored by Garden Club for their “crown jewel” Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 12 September 2016 13:19

Bruce and Mary Jo Kessler were honored by the Altamont Garden Club as recipients of the Proud Citizen award for the month of August.

Calling their home for over 50 years their “crown jewel,” the Kesslers have been at work on the home ever since purchasing it in 1964. Bruce recalls removing brick from the front porch and installing the classical columns present today almost immediately after the purchase. According to Bruce, the home was built in the late 1800s by a Grobengieser who served as the foreman at the Hillman Furniture Company in Altamont.

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National Honor Society hosting blood drive Print E-mail
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Monday, 26 September 2016 09:59

The Altamont High School National Honor Society will be hosting a blood drive for the American Red Cross on Friday, Sept. 30 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. If you would like to give, contact the high school at 618-483-6194 and ask for Mr. Lewis, or email him at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Donations not only help patients in need, but also contrubte to scholarships for Altamont High School seniors.

Successful Labor Day celebration held at St. Elmo Print E-mail
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Monday, 12 September 2016 13:16

Despite suffocating heat, the citizens of St. Elmo, the St. Elmo Business Association, the Lions Club, and other civic organizations were able to hold a successful three days of celebration on Labor Day weekend.

SEBA President Jennie Ann Heischmidt said that the number of entries for the classic car cruise-in surged from 12 last year to between 45 and 50 this year. The pet parade saw nine entries.

Heischmidt added that she has received many compliments from those who enjoyed the rodeo on Sunday, which was a new event added this year.

Read more in the St. Elmo Banner!
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